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Introduction
Not exactly a household name, at least not outside of a few core European markets, Archos has been around for a few years on the smartphone scene with mixed success. A partnership with Nubia (a ZTE-owned smartphone maker) has recently allowed them to bolster their portfolio with Archos-branded Nubia phones. Nubia has been known for their premium products, forward-thinking designs, and innovative engineering so who knows, maybe that’s exactly what the French company needed to make a better name for itself on the European market.

Either way, this is how the Archos Diamond Omega came to be and it is no secret that the handset is a re-branded ZTE Nubia Z17s. We've been paying close attention to recent Nubia releases, especially in the flagship tier, so it made sense to have a look at the Archos Diamond Omega/Nubia Z17s in detail as soon as we were given the opportunity.


We'll probably continue using the Archos and Nubia model names interchangeably throughout the review since it really is the exact same phone, both hardware and software-wise. And like the very name suggests, the Z17s is very similar to the Nubia Z17, which we recently reviewed.

Archos Diamond Omega/Nubia Z17s key features:

Body: Corning Gorilla Glass front, curved glass back, metal frame





Screen: 5.73" LTPS IPS LCD, 1080x2040px resolution (17:9)

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset: octa-core 4x2.45GHz Kryo & 4x1.9GHz Kryo; Adreno 540 GPU

Memory: 6GB/8GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of inbuilt storage

OS: Android 7.1; Nubia UI 5.0

Rear camera: Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 23MP (f/2.0); PDAF; dual-LED, dual-tone flash

Front camera: Dual 5MP, f/2.2

Battery: 3,100mAh; Quick Charge 3.0

Connectivity: LTE Cat.9 (450 Mbps/50 Mbps), dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-C port; NFC;

Misc: Fingerprint sensor on the rear; DTS-HD audio

Main shortcomings

No memory expansion slot

No 3.5mm audio jack

No stereo speakers

It seems the Nubia design team is yet another one to embrace the ultra-wide trend. With so many tall displays we've seen these past few months, it's hardly the novelty anymore that helps a phone stand out. You know what we mean even if you somehow missed this. However, we do have to note that in a bid for originality, or driven by different, undisclosed reasons, Archos / Nubia don't conform to the widespread 18:9 standard. Instead, the phone's screen has a 17:9 aspect and 1080 x 2040px resolution.

  
Archos Diamond Omega in official photos

There is no obvious reason for this display size: the Archos Diamond Omega has no home button on its amply sized chin. There is a pair of selfie cams above the display this time around but we can't see how the extra lens called for the odd aspect ratio. We just have to assume that Nubia wanted a slightly different take on the new trend, not a bad thing in a sea of increasingly similar devices.





If nothing else, it definitely caught our attention. Follow along as we find out what makes the Archos Diamond Omega tick and just how different it is from the Nubia Z17
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With the new Tab 7 series, Lenovo seems to be gearing up to compete with similar budget tablets from Amazon under its Fire brand. In terms of specifications, Lenovo Tab 7 sports a 7-inch LCD display with HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and is powered by MediaTek's Quad-core MT8161 chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. The budget tablet comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage and features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera.

The Lenovo Tab 7 includes connectivity features like Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and front-facing speaker with Dolby Atmos support. The tablet comes in slate black colour and Lenovo is promising 15 hours of general usage of the device.

Lenovo Tab 7 Essential, as the name implies, cuts down on the specifications of the Tab 7 to reach that lower price point. It also sports a 7-inch LCD display with a slightly lower resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Powering the device is Quad-core MediaTek MT8167 chipset coupled with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The Tab 7 Essential differs from Tab 7 in the camera department with the device featuring a 2MP camera on the front as well as the rear.

The Tab 7 Essential supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 . Lenovo claim it will last for 20 hours on general usage. The tablet weighs around 250 grams, supports front-facing Dolby Atmos-certified speakers and will be available in Black colour option. Both Lenovo Tab 7 and Tab 7 Essential run Android 7.0 Nougat.
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Android Nougat with EMUI 5.1

The Huawei Mate 10 Lite runs on EMUI version 5.1 based on the aging Android 7.0 Nougat OS. There is a more recent EMUI 8 with Android Oreo, but for now this ROM is exclusive to the Mate 10 flagship duo. And while the Mate 10 Lite may not be sporting the latest version, it's still quite similar to what the bigger Mates got.
Huawei Mate 10 Lite review
The Magazine unlock style for the lockscreen is here to stay. It greets you with a different wallpaper every time you wake up the device. You can also quickly start the camera by a double press of the Volume Down button, with the option to take a snap right away.
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If you opt for a fingerprint unlock method, you probably won't be seeing much of the lockscreen anyway. Almost a shame, considering all the effort that Huawei has put into making it unique. Still, the reader is blazing fast and using it is a no-brainer.
On top of the usual all-apps-on-the-homescreens approach EMUI 5.1 gives you the option to pick the standard Android two-tiered interface with homescreens for your most-used apps and an app drawer for all of them.
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Homescreen • No app drawer by default • Settings Layout settings
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App twins for multiple instances of a single application is available on the Mate 10 Lite.
EMUI 5.1 has Theme support, of course. The theme store offers a wide selection and some really artsy options that fit in well with the general high-design image of the Mate 10 Lite. Of course, you can always keep things simple and only customize the wallpaper and possibly transition animations.
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Powerful Theme engine
The notification area is a 50/50 mix between stock Nougat and Emotion. Huawei has tweaked the look of the quick toggles and added the auto-brightness switch, which Google so stubbornly refuses to keep in plain sight. The notifications themselves look just like the Pixel's.
The task switcher is rather straightforward, with a Kill All option.
There are a few other interesting tweaks you can apply to the status bar. For example, notification icons can be replaced by a simple numerical counter. You also have control over whether the notification LED and display should react to a new notification.
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The Mate 10 Lite features granular notifications control - Huawei had that even before it was a part of Android itself. You can control which apps can send you the three types of available notifications - the shade notifications, the lockscreen notifications and the banner style notifications.
Last, but not least, there is a dedicated menu for controlling crucial permission on a per-app basis. It's a great addition, since you don't want a random app ignoring the system's attempts to optimize its power consumption or drawing over other applications.
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Notification management • Notification permissions • Calendar notifications • App permissions




While these are options accessible from the settings menu, most of them are also featured in the Phone Manager app. There you'll also find a one-touch optimization button. A virus scanner powered by Avast is on board as well. There are power-saving modes with granular settings, too.
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Phone manager
You can also enable the so-called Floating dock - it's a virtual key you can move anywhere on the screen, allowing you to expand it to the primary Android keys - Back, Home, Task Switcher, Lock and Close all running apps. It will help you control your phone with just one hand. There are other interesting alternative controls as well, like the ability to map the buttons on your headphones to various actions.
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Smart assistance • One-handed UI • Floating dock
Motion control also plays a significant role on the Mate 10 Lite like it did on previous Huawei models. There are flip gestures, as well as picking up, tilting and even things like knuckle detection and drawing. All of those are extensively customizable to your liking.

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9mobile Rhino 2 smartphone is a low-budgeted Smartphone with low-end features and specifications. The specs is compatible with the affordable price.





The phone uses Dual micro SIM with only 2G and 3G support. So, it doesn’t support 4G LTE. 9mobile Rhino 2 has 4.0 inch display with good camera of 2.0MP back camera and 0.3MP front facing camera.





It runs on Android 7 Nougat and backed up with 1GB RAM and 8GB inbuilt memory storage, that is expandable using a MicroSD card.



It’s powered by 2300mAh Li-Ion battery capacity with Quad-core 1.3GHz processor.

The phone is probably for those who just want a good working smartphone for their business or as an alternative to their high-end device.

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2017 is almost over and I'm pretty sure we all have seen thousands of smartphones released this year. 



After the release of the Xiaomi Mix at the end of 2016 , I predicted the rise of the bezel-less trend and guess what?



If you don't know what bezels are by now, you deserve this.



I'll still write a post about the trends you should expect next year but in this post, let's take a look at the top phones that made their mark this year "Globally".



SPECIFICATIONS

OS: Android 7.0

Screen size: 5.8-inches

Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels

CPU: Exynos 8895 Octa

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 64GB




Battery: 3000mAh

Rear camera: 12 MP f/1.7

Front camera: 8 MP f/1.7

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is definitely the best Android smartphone in the world right now, sporting a brilliant Infinity Edge display that covers about 80-percent of the body. The design is certainly almost flawless.

Some people say "All that glitters is not gold" but the S8 definitely proves them wrong. Coupled with all the flashiness, the phone  also has decent battery life, an excellent camera and top notch performance. With all of that combined, you get not only the best-looking smartphone, but one of the top performing smartphones in the universe. Yes, the universe!..unless there's alien life on mars,(Lol..we'll wait for Elon Musk to confirm since he wants to escape to mars for rapture)

The 5.8-inch S8 is perfect, but if you're a fan of big displays, Samsung also offers the Galaxy S8+, which comes with a massive 6.2-inch display.

There's one itsy-bitsy problem with the phone - placing the fingerprint sensor next to the camera.

2.iPhone X 



SPECIFICATIONS

OS: iOS 11

Screen size: 5.8-inches

Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels

CPU: Apple A11 Bionic

RAM: 3GB

Storage: 64/256GB

Battery: 2716mAh




Rear camera: Dual 12MP

Front camera: 7 MP f/2.2

I know I called the iPhone X an  overrated piece of metal  but let's call a spade a spade, this phone was certainly one of the trending smartphones this year but that still doesn't change how I feel about the  metal

 phone.

The first thing that strikes you about the design is the 5.8-inch AMOLED display.  It's stunning nevertheless.
Aside from the screen you've got Apple's impressive  A11 Bionic processor, a fantastic dual camera with portrait lighting mode, and FaceID (which has been imperfect right from the launch).  However the iPhone X costs a considerable £999 which is quite expensive.

Apple is slowly morphing into a luxury goods company and I hope they do not end up like Vertu

3. GOOGLE PIXEL 2 XL 



SPECIFICATIONS

OS: Android 8

Screen size: 6.0-inches

Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

RAM: 4GBStorage: 64/128GB

Battery: 3520mAh

Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8

Front camera: 8MP f/2.4

Big G doesn't fail to give us a top notch smartpone when we need it. Whether it's the excellent camera, the metal-and-glass chassis, the oodles of power involved or just the fact that the OS and virtual assistant work perfectly with the hardware

Google has definitely improved this 2017 and now has clear vision for its flagship smartphones. The design is distinctive and the Pixel 2 XL's edge-to-edge screen makes it the one to go for.

Also if you're not a fan of big screens there's the  the 5-inch Pixel 2 .

4. ONEPLUS 5T 






SPECIFICATIONS

OS: Android 7.0

Screen size: 6-inches

Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

RAM: 6/8GB

Storage: 64/128GB

Battery: 3300mAh

Rear camera: Dual 16MP f/1.7 + 20MP f/1.7

Front camera: 16MP f/2.0

OnePlus took the mobile world by storm in 2014 with one goal, to be the flagship killer and I think with its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 5T, it has finally achieved that goal.

The OnePlus 5T comes with an impressive 6-inch edge-to-edge display and dual camera set up with portrait mode. It also has very powerful specs, a lightning fast fingerprint sensor, and a great premium design.

5. IPHONE 8 PLUS 



SPECIFICATIONS

OS: iOS11

Screen size: 5.5-inches

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

CPU: Apple A11 Bionic

RAM: 3GB

Storage: 64/256GB

Battery: 2691mAh

Rear camera: Dual 12MP

Front camera: 7 MP f/2.2

If you prefer iOS to Android and don't want to spend cash on the iPhone X, this should be your first choice.

It comes with a similar design to the iPhone 7 and a glass back and making it heavier. The glass casing supports wireless charging. The

The iPhone 8 Plus' hardware has received the biggest overhaul - now packing Apple's fast A11 Bionic processor. The dual camera has also received a significant upgrade, now a better sensor and smart software powering it. To finish it off, the iPhone 8 Plus comes running iOS 11, Apple's latest mobile OS.

6. HTC U11 



SPECIFICATIONS

OS: Android 7.0 Screen size: 5.5-inches

Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

RAM: 4/6GB

Storage: 64/128 GB

Battery: 3000mAh

Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8

Front camera: 16MP f/1.8

The HTC U11 is the biggest overhaul HTC has made to its flagship range for many years. It takes the best bits from the 11and puts them in a sexy glass and metal casing, with a bit of extra innovation thrown in.  The camera, battery life and performance is really good as well. HTC really worked on the criticisms of the previous generation devices, and created their best ever flagship smartphone so far.

It's great to see HTC innovating with the squeezable edges, which make interacting with the easier, and the minimal tweaks they've made to the stock Android  OS are amazing, making this one of the best smartphones in 2017.

7. HUAWEI MATE 10 PRO 



SPECIFICATIONS

OS: Android 8.0

Screen size: 6-inches

Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels

CPU: Kirin 970

RAM: 4/6GBS

torage: 64/128GB

Battery: 4000mAh

Rear camera: Dual 20MP + 12MP Leica

Front camera: 8MP f/2.0

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the latest flagship from the Chinese smartphone giant, and I really, really like it. It's an ideal smartphone if you need a powerhouse for business, but it's also got a lot of features which make it great as a personal device as well.

I love the Mate 10 Pro's Leica-branded dual camera, which can capture high quality images, and the OS is coming on leaps and bounds as well.

One of the best features packed into this powerhouse is the mobile-PC experience when you hook it to an external display. It only needs a USB-C to HDMI cable, rather than a powered dock, making it more portable more useful.

But it's not very perfect though, The UI still lags a little bit  behind its competitors, as does the camera. While we love the design, it's a little more generic than the likes of Samsung and Google.

Despite its flaws, you'll definitely enjoy using it thanks to a neat blend of design and features. Plus, the battery life is amazing.

8. LG G6 



SPECIFICATIONS

OS: Android 7.0

Screen size: 5.7-inches

Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 32/64GB

Battery: 3300mAh

Rear camera: Dual 13MP

Front camera: 5MP f/2.2

I still remember LG's gimmicky G5 smartphone with it's unimpressive design. I couldn't help but pity LG. They tried so hard.

This time LG has finally decided made a good-looking, premium smartphone free from gimmicks. There are a lot of features I love here - that wide-angle screen is great, the bezels are tiny, and the dual-camera is really handy.

But it’s still far from a perfect phone. LG used a 2016 chipset, so it’s not the most efficient smartphone available, and the custom UI running over Android Nougat isn't the best out there. It also feels less premium than its rivals.





Certainly, LG has done enough to redeem itself from the unfortunately unsuccessful G5 last year. It’s not the best Android phone released in 2017, but I don’t think you’ll regret buying it, especially if you can pick it up for a decent price.

9. HONOR 9 



SPECIFICATIONS

OS: Android 7.0

Screen size: 5.1-inches

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

CPU: Kirin 960

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 32/64GB

Battery: 3200mAh

Rear camera: Dual 20MP + 12MP

Front camera: 8MP f/1.9

The Honor 9 is a really good smartphone, it also has a solid design, decent camera, and high-end specs.There are a lot of neat touches, too, I like the single navigation key, and the dual camera is capable of taking some striking images.
The Honor 9 is 100% solid in every key respect, although, it may lack that little bit of innovation which makes a phone an amazing Android flagship.

10. MOTOROLA MOTO Z2 FORCE 



SPECIFICATIONS

OS: Android 7.1

Screen size: 5.5-inches

Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

RAM: 4/6GB

Storage: 64/128GB

The Moto Z2 Force is designed to be sleek and sophisticated, as well as durable with the ability to survive a beating( I didn't say you should strike it with a baseball bat to test it). That's mainly down to the screen, which features a thick, toughened outer layer which won't break - no matter how hard you try (logically).

The casing is also quite rugged, with a strong aluminium skeleton, the Moto Z2 Force doesn't look like it belongs in a workman's tool box but it's definitely a solid phone. The specs are up there with every other device on this list, and the ecosystem of the Moto Mods is impressive too.

11. LENOVO P2 



SPECIFICATIONS

OS: Android 7.0

Screen size: 5.5-inches

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625

RAM: 4GBS

torage: 64GB

Battery: 5100mAh

Rear camera: 13MP f/2.0

Front camera: 5MP f/2.2

The Lenovo P2 doesn't look pretty, there's no a sexy bezel-less display, and it doesn't have an amazing camera unfortunately. I added it to this list because of the battery life. 
It does have  one the best battery life compared to any phone on this list. If all you care about is battery life, this smartphone is definitely for you, but Lenovo also did good job elsewhere, as well, with a decent metal build, great display, and solid UI design. All in a pretty affordable package. 
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